A police officer have shot an ex-lawmaker and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Opeyemi Bamidele and a yet to be identified person as the candidate of the party, Dr Kayode Fayemi began the rally for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.
The member of the seventh House of Representatives and erstwhile governorship aspirant in Ekiti State was shot with one other person confirmed dead.
The shooting took place at the All Progressives Congress secretariat in Ajilosun , Ado -Ekiti, during a reception organised for the governorship candidate of the party , Dr . Kayode Fayemi .
It was learnt that the bullet came from the rifle of a mobile policeman who was among those deployed to ensure security .
Bamidele has been rushed to an unknown hospital for treatment , while the yet – to – be-identified second victim is feared dead .
The reason behind the rage of the policeman has yet to be ascertained. But an eyewitness said that the policeman was provoked by some thugs who waylaid dignitaries at the secretariat .
The rally , which attracted a huge crowd of party supporters and admirers across the state, began on a good note from Akure airport , Ondo State, before things went awry .
Bamidele was standing with Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu ( SAN), Fayemi and former Minister of State for Works , Prince Dayo Adeyeye , when the policeman pulled the trigger.
Bamidele started muttering , “ I have been hit by a bullet, I have been hit by a bullet, ” repeatedly before he was rushed into a waiting car .
The cameraman of Core TV in Ekiti, Sunkanmi Ogunmuko , also sustained injuries in the ensuing melee . Other reporters at the scene scaled the fence to safety to avoid being hit by bullets .
Angry mob descended on the mobile policeman and hit his head with sticks and other items before he was rescued by his colleagues .